British startup Viritech previews world’s first hydrogen hypercar

British start-up Viritech has announced plans to launch what it claims will be the world’s first hydrogen-powered hypercar, called the Apricale.

While performance specifications are yet to be released, the company claims the vehicle will “challenge the world’s fastest battery-powered hypercars,” while enabling Viritech to “demonstrate hydrogen’s extraordinary potential.”

Hydrogen will reportedly be stored under pressure in a “graphene composite pressure vessel” that doubles as a structural chassis component, thus reducing the overall complexity of the vehicle and making it “half the weight of its battery competitors.”

“The Apricale is our trojan horse – the attention-grabbing icon for a business focused on developing hydrogen powertrain solutions, for the automotive, aerospace, marine and distributed power industries,” Viritech said in a statement.

Viritech will develop the Apricale at the Horiba-MIRA Technology Park in England.

“Becoming a member of the Horiba-MIRA community is a game-changer for Viritech, moving us immediately into the big-league in terms of the engineering facilities and support, meaning no engineering project is now beyond us,” said Timothy Lyons, CEO of Viritech.

The Apricale is set to go into limited production at the beginning of 2023. Just 25 examples will be sold, each priced at approximately £1.5 million (AU$2.7 million).

The company has also revealed that a family-style SUV called the Tellurio, as well as a heavy-haul truck called the Jovian are in the works.


Viritech | Projects – The Apricale 

11 May 2021

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